© 2019

Exploitation and Misrule in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

  • Kenneth Kalu
  • Toyin Falola

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Encounters: Texts, Images, and Fiction

  3. Encounters: Spaces of Subjugation and Dominance

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-303

About this book


This book offers new perspectives on the history of exploitation in Africa by examining postcolonial misrule as a product of colonial exploitation. Political independence has not produced inclusive institutions, economic growth, or social stability for most Africans—it has merely transferred the benefits of exploitation from colonial Europe to a tiny African elite. Contributors investigate representations of colonial and postcolonial exploitation in literature and rhetoric, covering works from African writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Kwame Nkrumah, and Bessie Head. It then moves to case studies, drawing lines between colonial subjugation and present-day challenges through essays on Mobutu’s Zaire, Nigerian politics, the Italian colonial fascist system, and more. Together, these essays look towards how African states may transform their institutions and rupture lingering colonial legacies.


postcolonial African state Political independence in Africa African nationalism Kwame Nkrumah Reconciliation in South Africa King Leopold II and the Congo President Mobutu African soldiers in the Second World War apartheid South Africa Zaire Ngugi wa Thiong’o the African novel postcolonial literary criticism African rhetoric Alda do Espírito Santo Maria Manuela Margarido Bessie Head Ingrid de Kok Italian colonialism colonial Nigeria

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Kalu
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.Ted Rogers School of ManagementRyerson UniversityToronto, ONCanada
  2. 2.The University of Texas at AustinAustin, TXUSA

About the editors

Kenneth Kalu is Assistant Professor of Global Management at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. A celebrated scholar of global stature, Falola has published numerous books and essays in diverse areas.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Exploitation and Misrule in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
  • Editors Kenneth Kalu
    Toyin Falola
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96495-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07202-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96496-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African History
    Imperialism and Colonialism
    African Literature
    African Politics
    Development and Post-Colonialism
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